Marc Sanchez is the technical director and associate producer for Marketplace Tech Report where he is responsible for shaping the sound of the show.
Sanchez started at Marketplace in April of 2011, but has worked for American Public Media since 2005. During that time, he was the director and associate producer of Weekend America, produced a season of American RadioWorks, worked in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom and helped out with Speaking of Faith, now called On Being.
Sanchez believes that the everyday people around us often have the most interesting stories to tell. In 2010, Sanchez started a project called Minnesota Sounds, which captures Minnesota, his home state, from an audio perspective.
Sanchez received his degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University.
In 2008, he received a Minnesota Excellence in Medical Journalism award for “Donation Day,” a story inspired by his experience being a marrow donor.
Sanchez is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., but currently calls Minneapolis home. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and daughter, playing music, record shopping and continuing his quest to find the world’s best tacos.
Features by Marc Sanchez
Goodbye Hotmail, hello Outlook. Microsoft announced yesterday that it’s changing the name of your favorite email service from 1996 from Hotmail to Outlook. In addition to the name change, the service is getting some new functions too. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn information can be integrated into your contacts, and you can reply and Like status updates from your inbox. You’ll be able to pull in pictures of your friends from social networks and add them to contacts as well. All Things D has a five-star review of Outlook.com and reports on more features:
… optional one-click scheduled cleanups of mail that delete all but the last message you got from someone; a safe, built-in way to unsubscribe from newsletters; and easy methods for creating email sorting rules for new and old messages. I cut the number of emails in my inbox in half after the first day of using Outlook.com.
CNET reports that a million people signed up to get an account in the first six hours. So if you were thinking it would be totally cool to get LadyGaGaFan@Outlook.com address, you’re probably out of luck (I’m looking at you LadyGaGaFan6318@gmail.com).
If you’re not willing to give up your current email account, Microsoft thinks it has you covered with a feature that lets you use Outlook.com while sending and receiving everything from another email address. In other words, you can keep your people can still send stuff to your Gmail account, but you can manage it through Outlook.
The new look and features are rolling out just in time to fan the fire under Windows 8, which is scheduled to be released on October 26.
The Federal Trade Commission is set to announce new rules today that strengthen current protection of minors on the Internet. Let’s be very clear here, this has nothing to do with sites advertising Cash4Gold or that Craigslist posting about a sweet piece of land your uncle forwarded to you with the subject line that read: “you in?” No, that’s miners on the Internet.
The new FTC rules will be aimed at closing loopholes in the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was written before the days of snooping Like buttons and mobile apps. The commission is concerned with different ways these emerging technologies can gather information on your kids. From the Wall Street Journal:
Under the proposed rules, which could go into effect after a 30-day comment period:
• Third parties like advertising networks or Facebook that know or have reason to know they are attaching software to children's websites won't be allowed to collect any personal information without first obtaining parental consent. Currently, many websites secure consent by sending an email to an address provided by the child.
• Those third parties will be responsible for any unlawful data collection. The rules will also make the host website responsible for those infractions.
• The FTC will tighten proposed rules prohibiting advertising to children based on their previous online behavior.
Sounds like common sense stuff, but with these rules written in stone, the FTC will have better grounds to fine companies who might be in violation. Advertisers and companies like Facebook think there are already enough rules in place. Again from the Journal:
Facebook, in a filing with the FTC in December, spent four pages arguing that software such as its "Like" button should be exempt from Coppa. Data gathered by such software isn't used to target ads based on users' behavior, Facebook said. Exempting the software from Coppa, Facebook said, "would create more legal certainty for operators and facilitate the development of innovative, engaging online content for teens."
See “teens,” if it wasn’t for that pesky government, you would all be having a great time being engaged with Facebook content. Instead you’re bored, bored, bored, bored, bored.
Google announced yesterday that it is replacing Gmail video chat with Google + Hangouts. The move makes sense, since the G+ brand of goods has been sweeping over all Google products like the Blob. Google touts “higher reliability and enhanced quality,” but really it just wants to make you look silly. Once you, and your up to nine friends, initiate a Hangout, you can virtually suit up with hats, glasses and facial hair. Nothing says “I miss you grandma” like superimposing goggles and a snorkel over the family matriarch.
If the people you want to talk/see are also on G+, there’s a little more flexibility too. Take that Hangout, put it in a raft, and float it down the river, because the service supports Android and iOS users of Google +. Expect to see the service in your Gmail within the next couple weeks.
Tired of people making off with CDs from its collection, public libraries in Iowa City, Iowa are now just giving music away. With a library card and password, patrons can now download music for free and forever. The music is all part of the Local Music Project the library helped sponsor. As you might have guessed, there are no major label acts on the site. It currently has 58 albums ready for your consumption.
But this could be a new model as Boing Boing writes:
The project has piqued the interest of the library community as librarians turn their attention to local artists and makers as a source of community knowledge they can collect and share. The best proof, however, is in the response in Iowa City; Hiett reports that it has been very positive among both the artists, who are excited to have a new and different venue for their music, and library patrons.
The program seems to be a hit so far with close to 4000 songs downloaded in the first week. And if exposure wasn’t enough, the artists get paid a flat $100 fee to have their music added to the collection.
Guy Adams lives on the west coast and writes for the UK paper The Independent, and he hasn’t been too happy that all his mates working out of the paper’s headquarters get to experience the Olympics six hours before he has had a chance to see anything. Adams aired frustrations on Twitter concerning the Opening Ceremony blackout imposed by NBC (it wasn’t part of live streams). That was OK. NBC, I’m sure, can handle a little good-natured ribbing. Chances are that when Adams used the @NBCOlympics handle in his tweet calling the company “utter bastards,” that they didn’t even see it.
Or did they? Adams vitriol continued to bubble up, and he decided to post NBC Olympic honcho Gary Zenkel’s email address in a tweet. There’s confusion as to who the instigator was - NBC or Twitter, but that was Adams’ last tweet. His account has been suspended.
Adams wrote in the Independent on Tuesday that his ban "raises various ethical issues relevant to journalism in the online era".
A spokeswoman for Twitter declined to comment.
The company has previously told the Guardian that it does not actively monitor users' accounts, and added that it was company policy not to comment on individual users.
I guess the thing that comes along with the London Olympics being the most social, is all the bone headedness inherent in everything social these days.
Case in point, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been kicked out of the games and (even worse?) had his Twitter account deleted for comments he made about a player from South Korea, the team that had just finished beating Switzerland 2-1. The Guardian writes:
The Swiss Olympic team chief, Gian Gilli, said Morganella, a member of the football squad, was being stripped of his Olympic accreditation before Switzerland's final group match against Mexico on Wednesday.
Morganella has since issued an apology for the allegedly racist comments.
… and Aussie swimmer Emily Seebhom’s bid for Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter backstroke ended in tears and silver. She was expected to coast to victory after an impressive, Olympic record setting performance in the semifinals. The Verge writes that she:
… admitted that spending too much time on Twitter and Facebook may have affected her performance. After establishing herself as a hot favorite with her preliminary swims, Emily was showered with congratulations and encouragement on the social media sites, which, she says, made the victory in the final feel almost like a job already done.
Finally, proving you don’t have to be an athlete to be dumb, a UK teen was arrested for a malicious tweet to Great Britain Olympic diver Tom Daley after he and another diver came in fourth place in a synchronized diving event.
Daley retweeted a message that said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."
Daley's father, Rob, died from brain cancer last year. Speaking before the Olympics, Daley revealed that his father "gave me all the inspiration that I've needed". The teenager, from Plymouth in Devon, told the BBC: "Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I've had worthwhile. It's been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics.
British police say they have arrested the teen they believe sent the offensive tweet, who has (again) apologized.
If you take one thing away from the London Games, make it this: think before you tweet.
CAUTION: SNAGGLEPUSS REFERENCES AHEAD.
According to Twitter, the 9.66 million tweets were sent during the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on Friday. That number already blows away the number for the entire Beijing Games. While people are busy tweeting and Twitter is an official Olympic sponsor, officials are asking some people to (this is where you put on your Snagglepuss voice) STOP ALREADY. Olympic tweeters asked to hold off on all that, you know, tweeting and sending so many texts. Apparently the sheer volume of information is clogging up data lines that are needed for Games’ communication. HEAVENS TO MERGATROID!
The problem reared its head during the cycling road races for the men and women. Both events were free and open to the public, which meant big crowds of people all wanting to share the experience as much as possible. Messages jammed the very same network that was transmitting GPS data from competitors’ bicycles to broadcasters and left commentators at a loss for words, because they had no official way to figure riding times for cyclists.
Reuters has this quote from an International Olympic Committee spokesman:
"Of course, if you want to send something, we are not going to say 'Don't, you can't do it', and we would certainly never prevent people," he said. "It's just - if it's not an urgent, urgent one, please kind of take it easy."
Interestingly, the same spokesperson was seen leaving the Opening Ceremonies through an exit near the left-hand side of the stage.
My new favorite drone. It's the one that’s going to help turn the power back on in my neighborhood after the tornado, earthquake, or swarm of locusts takes down the grid. That's right, drones are now being tested to help speed up the time in which it takes to get grids turned back on.
The New York Times writes about how the Electric Power Research Institute is testing a system that uses an iPad:
The electric company preloads the iPad with data about the equipment in the field. With GPS, the device knows its location. A field worker can then point the [drone] at a utility pole and quickly see an “augmented reality” view, showing precisely what kind of pole, crossbar, transformer and wire are present, and how the system is wired.
The technician selects the image of the parts that need replacing, and “click, click, it goes back to the loading dock,” where workers begin loading trucks with what is needed for that spot, said Clark Gellings, a senior researcher at the institute.
The program is being tested now in New Mexico, although Alabama’s Southern Company is slated to be the first to put them into action if need be. Before anything can move forward, however, the Federal Aviation Administration needs to give its blessing.
There are few easier buttons to push than the one marked: “Your phone is tracking your every move.” That’s a big button! And it usually gets people hopping mad with concerns about privacy, not to mention multiple plays of Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” here on Marketplace Tech Report. To Mr. Rockwell and the rest of you, I say ease up. Maybe you do want to be watched just a little, especially if you’re a pedestrian. Oh, you are? Well then you’ll be interested to hear about new car technology being tested by General Motors that can help stop cars from running into pedestrians carrying smartphones.
Although both cars and smartphones are filled with sensors, the solution GM is testing doesn’t need any of them. Instead, GM is banking on wireless connectivity; specifically the Wi-Fi Direct standard. Conceptually, cars would be actively looking for Wi-Fi Direct smartphones — and the owners of those devices — and could signal an imminent collision in advance by comparing the two signals up to 656 feet apart.
GM says connecting phones to phones is much faster than going through a third-party network, like transmitting a signal from car to cell tower to satellite and back. GM says pedestrians could help arm themselves too:
The automaker also is looking to develop a complementary app for Wi-Fi Direct-capable smartphones that can be downloaded by frequent road users such as “bike messenger” or “construction worker” that will help Wi-Fi Direct-equipped vehicles identify them.
The Apple v. Samsung trial gets underway today. Apple is suing Samsung for copying patents and design elements of the iPhone. In the lead up to today, paperwork including iPhone and iPad prototypes that never made it to the sales floor were submitted as evidence. All Things D notes some last-last minute entries into the files:
Among the many filings on Saturday was a document with dozens of sketches and prototypes for both the iPhone and iPad. Some had already been included in earlier filings, but Saturday’s collection was particularly extensive... On the iPad side, there were iPads with square corners and iPads with round corners. Earlier filings showed Apple considering a kickstand for the iPad.
If Apple has its way, Samsung will not only have to shell out $2.5 billion, but it will be forced to tweak the look and feel of some of its phones. If Samsung comes out victorious, more “copycat” phones and competition could give Apple a run for its money.
And then there’s Google, whose lawyers will be attending the trial as spectators to search for clues on possible future litigation by Apple. The Wall Street Journal reports: “The Apple-Google brawl extends far beyond the courts, with both companies racing to develop new features, digital-content offerings—including books and music—and services like maps.” In other words: WORLD DOMINATION!